Staff Reporter Islamabad
President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday terming the resistance of Kashmiris as ‘just and selfless’ against India’s illegal Indian occupation said the day was not far when they would achieve their goal of freedom.
‘That day is not far Insha’Allah. We shall see,’ the president said in his message on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day shared on the Twitter.
The president said the courage and determination of brave Kashmiris against the subjugation of India was undeterred.
‘I salute my Kashmiri brothers and sisters on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day. The spirit of the 22 martyrs of 13 July, 1931 has been kept alive by their descendants who demand self-determination as guaranteed by the international community,’ he said.
He reiterated Pakistan’s support for the just cause of Kashmiris in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
‘Pakistan will continue to provide diplomatic, political and legal support to the Kashmiris in IIOJK till they achieve their goal of freedom,’ he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said Pakistan stands with the Kashmiris in their just struggle and would not compromise till they get their right to self-determination guaranteed by resolutions of the UN Security Council.
‘We stand with Kashmiris on the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day and pay tribute to 22 Shuhada of 13 July 1931, martyred when the Dogra Maharaja’s soldiers fired on peaceful protestors,’ the prime minister said in a tweet.
Imran Khan said the struggle of Kashmiris against tyranny and illegal Indian Occupation was ‘steeped in a history of resistance and sacrifice’.
‘This indomitable spirit of resistance remains alive as Kashmiri men and women continue to fight illegal Indian Occupation,’ he said.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Tuesday that Kashmir martyrs day being observed across the globe on July 13, 1931 reminds us of courage and bravery exhibited by the Kashmiris against tyranny.
In a tweet, he said, ‘We salute the martyrs of July 13, 1931 who raised voice for dignity of the Holy Quran and revolted against repression’.
He said today on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day 21, Kashmiris laid their lives for speaking the word of truth before the oppressive rulers.
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control, in Pakistan and the world over are observing the Martyrs’ Day, today, to pay homage to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and all other Kashmiri martyrs.
According to Kashmir Media Service, complete shutdown marked by strict restrictions by the Indian authorities is also being observed in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Stringent measures have been taken to prevent a march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where the martyrs of July 13 are buried.
Posters with pro-freedom and pro-martyrs slogans were displayed in Srinagar and other parts of the territory.
Call for observance of the day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Mirwaiz led Hurriyat forum while it was supported by all pro-freedom leaders and organizations to deliver a strong message to the world that the people of Jammu and Kashmir believed in peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute under United Nations resolutions and were not ready to accept India’s illegal occupation, come what may.